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After reading Michael Pollans’ “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” I decided to become a farmer. Inspired by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in Virginia, USA, on our farm outside Stellenbosch, South Africa, we apply BioDynamic agricultural principles and practices in raising cattle, laying hens, vegetables and vines.
The 126 hectares of irrigated pasture form the foundation on which our operation rests. We plant a diversity of perennial summer and winter legumes, herbs and grasses each of which brings different nutrition to the animals eating them as well as beneficial relationships with the soil microbes.

Our pasture management is based on the high density grazing methodology, espoused by Andre Voison, Allan Savory and Ian Mitchell-Innes. This simple principle of a lot of animals in a small space for a short period of time deposits enormous amounts of manure and urine on the land and leads to healthy, vigorous growth achieved without applying any artificial fertilizer (NPK) to the land. We move our cattle twice daily and the laying hens, accommodated in our “Eggmobiles”, every day.

The vineyards are in their final year of conversion to organic status. To be followed by conversion to biodynamic status with the ultimate goal being the production of biodynamic Spier Estate wines. We plan to have Demeter certified grapes in early 2015.

Our client base in almost entirely local restaurants. Our produce is also available in a growing handful of retailers on my website" To find out where our produce is available, click on BUY MEAT at the top of the page. We also have real food safaris (farm tours) by arrangement and would be very happy to show you around.

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